feel my mind is the third album released by Koda Kumi. While the three singles weren’t as successful as her big hit from her last album, they still did moderately and were all top 20 hits. The album itself peaked at #7 and sold around 150,000 copies.
Released: February 18, 2004
1. Break it down
2. Crazy 4 U
3. Rock Your Body
5. Without Your Love
6. Talk to you
7. Hana (華; Flower)
8. Get Out The Way
9. Sweet love…
10. Gentle Words
12. COME WITH ME
Break it down opens the album on a heavy note with its stronger hip-hop/R&B elements. I think it’s an interesting way for Koda Kumi to go despite not really delving into this sound a lot on prior albums. I quite like the beat because it’s a bit unorthodox, but the rest of the music feels a bit too slow. The song just lingers between fast-paced and mid-tempo and I just want it to be a bit more hard hitting. It’s also not that catchy.
Crazy 4 U should have opened the album. The album’s third single, this one is much more upbeat pop song that has some qualities to her older songs. The thing I like about this song though is that it is catchy and the disco-esque chorus is a surprising twist. It’s definitely not her most memorable upbeat song as the hooks could be a bit stronger, but it definitely brings some great energy.
Rock Your Body brings back the more urban style, but with some pop flavour. I think the addition of the guitar in the music really brings a different, funky vibe to the song that helps the song feel like it’s progressing. The chorus switches things up by going really pop and bright in its melody. I’m not a fan of these kinds of songs and while it is catchy, it just doesn’t feel like everything blends together as well as it should.
Rain is the first ballad and brings the gentle 90’s R&B/soul style. I quite like how the song starts, but the verses are just dull. The chorus is definitely better, but the melody just isn’t something I would remember that well. It sort of teeters on being emotional, but doesn’t quite hit the mark. I wish it pushed it to the next level as it sort of lingers.
Without Your Love was a B-side from the album’s second single. It’s another upbeat R&B tune and I think it is the strongest of the urban tracks up to this point. The melody is catchy and I quite like the horn-like synths in the back. It’s definitely something that emulates 00’s R&B.
Talk to you is a bit more pop/R&B and lighthearted, which is a nice change. I like these kinds of songs and Koda works well in it as well. It has the potential to get boring, but I think the bright music and catchy melody helps to keep the energy up. I especially enjoy the title-repeated hook as it is done in a way that doesn’t get overbearing. Best album track up to this point.
Hana is another pop/R&B ballad. Like Rain, it has a more laid back feel to it but I like this one more just because the music has some energy and power during the chorus that doesn’t make it from getting too boring, which is what my problem with the last ballad one. The melody isn’t that catchy either, but it is definitely more memorable. A decent ballad anyways.
Get Out The Way is an upbeat R&B song and I quite like the beat to this one because it sounds a bit off, but still works nicely. The melody is what I expected as it does get a bit more pop, but I think it’s catchy and reminds me of some of the material from her first album that I liked.
Sweet love… is a midtempo pop tune. Unfortunately, this song isn’t particularly catchy nor memorable. The music is nice, but I just feel the melody is boring and doesn’t really have the hooks to work with the exciting music. It’s not a bad song, but it isn’t something I would really listen to again.
Gentle Words was the album’s second single and my favourite song off the album. This one is a laid back pop/R&B and I love so many different aspects to it. The music is dreamy and the synth-line is absolutely beautiful despite not being particularly in-your-face. The melody is quite memorable and Koda Kumi sounds stunning here as she has to control her voice way more. Just a beautiful track.
magic is a nice follow-up to the last song as it continues the smooth R&B sound. The difference is that the melody is definitely more passionate, which is a nice change. I also like Koda Kumi’s vocal performance here because she uses her lower register in the first half, which is a nice surprise. She also sounds great and in a comfortable range during the chorus. The best album track in my opinion, although it is a bit long.
COME WITH ME is the album’s first single and is best known for its risque single cover. It’s a pretty solid song though, especially on this album as it brings a stronger disco sound. My main gripe though is that the verses are really strong and then the chorus hooks are just not as memorable and it relies a lot on the fun and explosive music. The weakest single, but it does grow on you a bit.
Overall: This album isn’t as strong as her second one, but it’s still a solid release. I think this time the singles weren’t as strong, although they were all pretty good (especially Gentle Words). The album tracks were definitely more consistent, but there weren’t as many really great moments in that area as well. I think the album does well in continuing the sound she had on her last album, but it doesn’t really change things up much, which isn’t bad, but it would be nice to hear her experiment a bit more.